Where We Are In Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Changes in communication technology have changed the way we live, work, and play.
Lines of Inquiry:
Why people communicate.
How communications technology has changed the world.
The responsibility of communication.

This unit is about how communication has changed for people through history. We will be exploring communication technologies and how each advancement has changed our world over time. We will spend time exploring the uses of a variety of communications technologies and about our responsibility when using them.

Below are some forms of communication to learn more about:
  • Communication Links
  • Pony Express
  • Printing Press
  • Telegram
  • Telegraph
  • Television
  • Phonograph
  • Typewriter
  • Telephone
  • Cell/Mobile phone
  • Internet/Email
  • H.A.M. Radio
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Braille
  • American Sign Language
  • Post Office
  • AM/FM Radio

Communication Links:

Liberty Kids Midnight Ride (video)

Egyptian Writing

Kids Zone - History of communication technologies


Turning Point In History - Industrial Revolution (3:30)

Printing Press

Histeria! The Printing Press (video)

History of the Printing Press

Pony Express

Pony Express for Kids

Social Studies-The Pony Express

Pony Express Home Station

The Pony Express Basics

The Pony Express - 1950s Educational Video (7:59)


What is a telegram? (with picture)

What is a telegram?

History of the telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram

Telgraph History: "Telegram for America" circa 1956 Western Union (19:30)

Communication - Telegram Invention & Discovery (0:40)


Kids Work! Telegraph

Morse Code & the Telegraph

The Telegraph - Kids Network

How a Telegraph Machine Works (video)


Kids Work! (Television)

Fun TV Facts for Kids


The Phonograph

Edison Film and Sound: History of...

Invention of the Phonograph

Phonograph - Kids.Net


How to Use an Old Typewriter (2:03)

What is This? A Typewriter (video)

A Very Brief Visual History of the Typewriter (video)

Typewriters (video 4min.)

Typewriter History - Invention

A Brief History of Typewriters

Kids.Net - Encyclopedia


Kids Zone - History of the Telephone

Invention of the Telephone (video)

How to Dial a Rotary Phone

The Invention of the Telephone (2:37)

Cell/Mobile Phones

Text Messaging in 1985 (video)

History of Cell Phones (video)


Kids.gov - Computers

Birth of the Internet

BPL Kids Page - About the Internet

A Brief History of the Internet (video)

How to Send an E-mail Using Gmail (2:17)

H.A.M. Radio

Getting Started in HAM Radio (14:05)

Demonstration of H.A.M Radio for Children (14:27)

Getting Started: Welcome To Amateur Radio (7:22)


What is Ham Radio? (arrl.org)

What is a Ham Radio?

Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie History (6:34)

History of Walkie Talkies

What are Walkie Talkies? librarythinkquest.org


Why Do Blind People Use Braille? (1:48)

A Day In My Life (3:27)

Magic Touch - The Louis Braille Story (6:57)

Learn Braille In One Lesson (video)

American Sign Language

The History of American Sign Language (6:39)

Sign Language History

Sign Language - Fun Facts

American Sign Language

How did Sign Language Originate?

Sign Writing Stories

Post Office

How to Use the Post Office

Post Office Definition

National Postal Museum

Post Office Fun Facts

Interesting Facts About The US Postal Service

Let's Play Post Office-Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information

Am/FM Radio

Radio-Kids Work!

The History of the Radio

A Brief History of Radio (3:06)


Television Invention-Kids work!

Broadcast Television-Kids Work!

History of Television (11:23)

History of Television (3.08)

Cell Phones

Did you know?...Cell Phones

Technology Facts-Cell Phones

Cell Phone History (2:46)
April 3, 2013

Skype/Face Time/ Video Calls

About Skype

Video Calling Definition

How to Video Call/Webcam

When did Video Calling Start?